The Hadeda’s raucous call is unmistakeable.  Loud, harsh and usually catching you by surprise.  Hadedas were not indigenous to strandveld or renosterveld of the South Western Cape.  Man-made changes in the form of cultivated agricultural fields, irrigated sports...

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Black Sparrowhawk

Raptors, or birds of prey, always have some appeal to us because of their aerial antics and regal stance.  The Black Sparrowhawk is one of the stealthy hunters and has moved into the Western Cape over the past 20 years.  The availability of mature bluegum (eucalyptus)...

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Bringing the Tygerberg Hills cannon home

The team, including members of the Friends of Tygerberg Hills, Mech-O-Care, the Cannon Association of South Africa and staff from the Tygerberg Nature Reserve, gathers around the cannon, back home on the top of the Tygerberg Hills. The original cannon that stood on...

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Spotted Eagle-Owl

Myths and superstition have been the lot of these nocturnal hunters.  Owls have adapted to feeding at night as they have developed acute hearing and their flight feathers are designed to support silent flight for stealthy swoops on their prey. Our ancestors have...

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Southern Red Bishop

Camouflage and stealth are definitely not in the male Southern Red Bishop’s vocabulary during the breeding season!  Breeding plumage consists of bright red and pitch black feathers that are shown off at their best from a prominent perch while attracting further...

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Cape White-eye

The Cape White-eye is widespread throughout most of South Africa and is a well-known garden, bush and forest bird that bears descriptive Afrikaans names like Witogie, Glasogie and Meelogie because of the white ring of feathers around its brown eyes.  This tiny...

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Cape Robin-Chat

“Perky” best describes the cheerful Cape Robin-Chat. The orange breast and grey belly are offset by the white eyebrow and the striking black band across the face that resembles a highwayman’s mask. This species is widespread throughout southern Africa and is a...

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Fiscal Shrike

The Common Fiscal, or Fiscal Shrike, is boldly marked with pitch black above and crisp white below.  The white bar in the wings extends all the way up to the “shoulder” and, when perched, forms a distinct “V” pattern on the back.  The robust bill is tipped with a hook...

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Barn Swallow

Birdlife South Africa has elected the Barn Swallow as the “bird of the year” to create awareness about migratory birds in general, wetland conservation and global climate change. Barn Swallows (Europese Swaeltjies) are one of the most widespread swallow species in the...

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The Bokmakierie, as opposed to his secretive cousins in the bush-shrike clan, calls from an elevated perch, giving the impression that they are plentiful. The far carrying call, which can be clearly heard all around the Tygerberg Hills, sounds similar to “Kokkewiet”,...

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Friends of Tygerberg Hills ,  PO Box 2522 ,  Durbanville ,  7551
Secretary = Diane Johnson 083 270 8546
Chairman = Dan =  e-mail  friendsofthetygerberg@gmail.com

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Upcoming Event

SUSANNE YVONNE KARCHER  speaker for 5th March 2019 at Tygerberg Nature Reserve.

General Information

Tygerberg Nature Reserve

Address: Totius Street, Welgemoed.

Opening hours:
SUMMER: October to March
Week days: 07h30 – 18h00
Weekends: 07h30 – 19h00

WINTER: April to September
Week days: 07h30 – 17h00
Weekends: 07h30 – 18h00

Entrance fees:
Adults: R14
Children 3 to 17yrs: R7
Children under 3yrs: Free
Senior citizen (60 yrs and older): R7
Student with valid student card: R7
Booked learner: R6
Booked learner Feeding scheme etc– approved by EE officer: Free
Friends of Tygerberg Hills: Free
Vehicle: disabled drop off only: Free